Shipping containers and intersecting lines clutter landscapes in Mary Iverson’s paintings of globalization

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#acrylic #found photographs #ink #landscapes #oil paint #painting

January 18, 2022

Grace Ebert

“Calamity in Cairo”, acrylic and found photograph on panel, 12 x 12 inches. All images © Mary Iverson, shared with permission

Lattice lines and brightly colored boxes cover landscapes chaotically transformed by Mary Iverson (previously). Based in Seattle, the artist uses a combination of oil and acrylic paints, ink and found photography to render shocking and foreboding scenes marred by globalization and environmental disasters: barges and shipping containers float in the sea and haphazardly occupy beaches, their contents sometimes spilling out onto the surrounding area.

Largely natural scenes and clean, angular lines and geometric shapes clash in Iverson’s layered works in a way that evokes the competition of industry. In a note to Colossal, she shares that given the dramatic changes the world has undergone in recent years, her “paintings are no longer theoretical.” She explains:

Because as the pandemic was unfolding, super mega ships were entering the trading system. Everyone was stuck at home ordering things at an unprecedented rate, the demand for goods became very high, the workforce decreased and everything came to a standstill, creating “chain problems”. supply”. We now have real sea level rise, huge apocalyptic fires and maritime disasters unfolding before our eyes. We are on the edge of an apocalypse. The question is, how are we going to deal with it?

Often rendered over images of historically and culturally significant sites like Machu Picchu, the Colosseum, and the Pyramids of Cairo, Iverson’s works indicate the evolution of human society with a dark and daunting perspective. “I look at photos of lost civilizations and think about their hopes and dreams and ideals, and wonder what the end will look like for us,” she says.

Iverson shares insights into his process and ongoing work on instagram, and prints of “Calamity at Cairo” are available in the Juxtapoz shop until January 19.

“Sunk 2”, acrylic, ink and found photograph on panel, 12 x 12 inches

“Calamity at Crater Lake”, acrylic, ink and found photograph on panel, 12 x 12 inches

“Lost Shipment”, acrylic, ink and found photograph on panel, 12 x 12 inches

“Calamity at Machu Picchu”, acrylic, ink and found photograph on panel, 12 x 12 inches

“Calamity at the Colosseum”, acrylic, ink and found photograph on panel, 12 x 12 inches

“Point Reyes Lighthouse”, acrylic, ink and found photograph on panel, 12 x 12 inches

“Calamity at Summit Lake (Mount Rainier)”, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

“Rube Beach with Containers”, oil on canvas

“Fleet”, acrylic, ink and found photograph on panel, 12 x 12 inches

#acrylic #found photographs #ink #landscapes #oil paint #painting

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